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Transport Statistics 2021 (Reference year 2020)

Date Published: 2nd March 2022

The Transport Statistics publication – 2021 edition, is yet another in the series of NSO’s publications on transport. As with previous editions, it presents a collection of detailed statistics on passenger and freight transport by road, sea, and air during 2020. Various stakeholders, including businesses, urban planning experts, and port management consultants, should find this publication rich information and data useful.


This year’s publication once again includes statistical results complemented by commentaries, spatial maps and charts that depict a better picture on the salient aspects of this publication.

The NSO would like to thank its various data sources specified in the different chapters, for their support and valuable contribution. Such collaboration is highly acknowledged as without which this publication would not be possible.

Salient Points of Publication:

Air Transport

In 2020 …

… passenger traffic at the MIA decreased by 76.0% when compared to 2019.
… UK and Italy remained the two most popular destinations in terms of total passengers’ movement,
registering decreases in passengers’ movement over 2019 by 79.9% and 76.8% respectively.

Sea Transport

In 2020 …

… the stock of vessels registered under the Maltese flag amounted to 8,168.
… cruise liner embarkations from Malta and landings in Malta both decreased by 99.9% over 2019.
… the average rate of passengers and vehicles per trip crossing between Malta and Gozo amounted to 130
and 53 respectively.
… passengers carried between Valletta and The Three Cities totalled 179,249 (-68.7%), while those carried
between Valletta and Sliema totalled 227,589 (-75.0%).



Road Transport

In 2020 …

… the number of reported traffic accidents decreased by 24.5% over 2019, with 34.7% of these accidents
recorded in the Northern Harbour district.
… traffic casualties decreased by 28.4% over 2019.
… injuries sustained by 10 drivers, one passenger and one pedestrian proved fatal.
… the stock of licensed motor vehicles increased at an average net rate of 13 vehicles per day.
… passenger cars accounted for 76.6% of total licensed motor vehicles but motorcycle/e-bicycle/pa-bicycle
registered the largest increase at 6.1% over 2019.
… 59.3% of total licensed motor vehicles had petrol engines.
… alternative powered motor vehicles registered an increase of 26.5% over 2019.
… newly licensed motor vehicles amounted to 19,480, or 27.3 per cent less than 2019.
… 58.50% of newly licensed motor vehicles were used.
… the number of licensed motor vehicles per 1,000 residents went up to 780 from 773 in 2019.
… The Gozo and Comino district registered the highest number of vehicles per 1,000 residents at 1,179,
whereas the Northern Harbour registered the lowest ratio with 618 vehicles per 1,000 residents.
… a total of 172 vehicles were stolen, a decrease of 31.2% over 2019.
… a total of 217,360 traffic-related contraventions were issued by the police, wardens and Transport Malta.
Speed cameras’ contraventions totalled 43,269 or an average of 118 per day.
… 36.6% of total driving licence holders were aged between 40 and 59 years.
… Public Transport commuters totalled 33,778,974, a decrease of 41.2% over 2019.
… total distance travelled by all licensed vehicles in Malta was estimated to be almost 2,500 million km.
… passenger cars were driven the most with 1,878 million km or 77.0% of the total distance travelled.

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